1954 Chevrolet Bel Air: East Coaster Today

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John Beaulieu of Halifax brought the tattered remains of a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air to Alan Oickle and asked him to make something old, new again.

 

 

After a frame-off restoration and more than 4,000 hours of labour, a ‘new’ Chevy emerged from Alan’s Upholstery Shop in Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

It now boasts a modern high-horsepower LS1 crate motor under the hood, instead of the original ‘stove bolt’ six-cylinder. Alan’s shop replaced most of the chassis and all of the sheet metal.

 

 

This Bel Air rides on coil-over independent suspension and has big disc brakes at all four corners. The power convertible top was re-engineered for a lower profile.

Alan’s background and expertise in upholstery is clearly evident in the fully customized white leather interior and trunk.

 

 

The 1954 Bel Air now has power windows and locks, automatic climate control, power heated seats, a tilt & telescope steering wheel, cruise control and built-in navigation system.

Beaulieu was so satisfied with the Chevy, he has commissioned Alan to perform his magic on a big mid-thirties sedan he plans to enter in the Great Race.

 

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

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